Yoooooo why did no one tell me about the Barbieri Tarot (Lo Scarabeo)??
From what I can tell, this deck is destined for 2016 release and is made up of existing artwork by Paolo Barbieri i.e. not created specifically for a tarot deck. Looking at the images, I don’t know if this is a deck I, personally, would ever be able to read with, as much as I absolutely *SWOON* over many of the cards (some of my favs above – that 10W!)
The artwork, while all fitting in the fantasy universe, is inconsistent in a unified theme. There are dragons, and Tolkienesque monsters, and re-purposed great works of art (Michaelangelo’s David is the 4 of Wands!) and vampires and… Some of the cards leave me cold and confused, while others get me all hot and bothered and itching to divine! Part of the problem is that a few of the more traditionally symbolic cards feature a person, and not much else. It’s hard to get anything from that, you know?
Regardless, I think this deck will be a big hit among those who enjoy high fantasy art decks, both for reading and collecting. I definitely would love to see this deck working in tandem with the Royo Dark Tarot or the Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night – just imagine all those creatures and warrior queens working together!
What do you think – is this one for the wishlist?